Seattle Firefighters respond to six full-response fires in approximately 6 hour period

Thursday July 30th was a busy day for Seattle Firefighters.  Beginning shortly after 1 p.m. fire crews were dispatched to six full-response fires. Each full-response involves:

Deputy Chief
2 Battalion Chiefs
Safety Chief
Staffing Office
4 Fire Engines
2 Ladder Trucks
Aid Car
Medic unit
Air Unit

Phinney Ridge  Fire

Photo Courtesy Mike Heaton

Photo Courtesy Mike Heaton

Photo Courtesy Mike Heaton

 

 

The first fire came in at 1:05 p.m. to a home located in the 100 block of NW 83rd Street.  The occupant was home with his dog when workers laying insulation in the attic noticed smoke and everyone evacuated the home.  When firefighters arrived they found smoke pouring from both sides of the 2-story home.  The firefighters entering the home experienced high heat.  Crews fought the fire from both the interior and exterior while ladder companies cut holes in the roof to vent the charged smoke from the structure. It took 40 minutes to completely extinguish the flames.

The cause was accidental, mechanical damage of electrical wiring system during the installation of insulation.  The damage estimate is $70,000. There were no injuries.

The Red Cross was called to provide assistance to one adult male, one adult female and one child.

Due to temperatures reaching 90 degrees, misting fans were deployed in the firefighter rehabilitation area to cool fire crews off.

Boat Fire

At 1:30 firefighters were called to the 7300 block of 4th Avenue South to a 75 foot tug boat with a fire in the bow. Workers welding below deck ignited insulation in the boat. It took crews about 30 minutes to control the fire.

There were no injuries.

Capitol Hill Fire

At 4:15 p.m. firefighters were called to an apartment complex in the 1800 block of Broadway East. When crews arrive they found everyone had evacuated the 3-story apartment complex. Crews were able to extinguish an exterior deck fire on the second floor. The flames extended to an adjacent wall but did not make their way into the building. The cause of the fire was combustible oil left on the deck which ignited.

There were no injuries.

 

Central District Fire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At 4:40 p.m. multiple 911 calls came into Firefighter /Dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center reporting flames and smoke coming from a 2-story apartment building with basement in the 5090 block of 27th Avenue in the Central District. When firefighters arrived, they found a wall of flames coming from the front of the complex. Several residents had to evacuate the complex and run through flames coming from the front porch. Several animals were trapped inside the burning structure.

The incident commander called for a second alarm bringing in nearly 80 firefighters to the scene. The extra resources were needed to rotate crews in and out of the burning building due to the hot weather.

Firefighters were able to save a Chihuahua and two cats. A third cat was missing.  Fire crews found the dog and one cat in a first floor apartment. The fire investigator found the second cat hiding in the basement laundry room.  Medics evaluated and treated the pets for smoke inhalation. The pets were transported to a nearby pet hospital to be checked out by veterinarians.

It took 20 minutes for fire crews to control the flames.

A fire investigator determined the cause to be accidental, the result of improperly discarded smoking materials placed in a plastic pot on the front porch of the home. The damage estimate is $255,000.

There were no injuries.

University District Fire

Photo courtesy of John Odegard

Photo courtesy of John Odegard

 

At 6:12 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to the 5200 block of 11th Avenue NE for a back porch fire that was extending into a house. When firefighters arrived they found an enclosed back porch full involved with flames extending to their home, to their neighbor’s shed and exposing to a townhome to the south. The fire extended into the attic of the home.

All of the occupants safely evacuated.

It took fire crews 25 minutes to control the flames and 35 minutes to completely extinguish the fire.

The fire investigator determined the cause was accidental, the result of improperly discarded smoking materials in a planter pot on a wooden deck. The damage estimate is $70,000.

There were no injuries.

 Ravenna Fire

Photo courtesy of John Odegard

 

At 7:13 p.m. firefighters were dispatched to the 6500 block of Ravenna Avenue NE for reporting of black smoke coming from the roof of a 2-story building. Firefighters extinguished the flames within two minutes of arriving on scene.

There were no injuries.

The fire was caused by roofers spilling a heated bucket of tar.

3 House Fires In 90 Minutes cause more than $135,000 in Damage

February 3-It was a busy day for Seattle Firefighters. They battled three unrelated house fires, in different parts of the city, during a 90 minute span today.

• 8 people displaced
• $195,000 in total damage
• All 3 fires were electrical in nature

House Fire 1000 block of NE 123rd Street Fire

Photo Courtesy of Fire Buff John Odegard

The first fire broke out today at 11:01 a.m. A caller reporting a large volume of smoke coming from the house located in the 1000 block of NE 123rd Street. Firefighters arrived to find the lone occupant of the house had safely evacuated. He stated the fire started in the kitchen of the house and spread. The flames worked their way from the kitchen through the ventilation system and into the attic of the 1-story home.

 

 

It took firefighters 10 minutes to control the flames and 22 minutes to knock down the fire. The flames caused extensive damage to the kitchen and roof and caused smoke damage to the house.

There were no reported injuries. The Red Cross was called to assist 2 adult males with temporary housing.

The Seattle Fire Investigator determined the cause was accidental, an electrical issue in the stove ventilation fan. The damage estimate is $10,000 to the structure and $60,000 to the contents.

House Fire 1500 23rd Avenue South

A Seattle Fire investigator determined a house fire in the 1500 block of 23rd Avenue South was accidental and electrical in nature. The cause was an overheated power adaptor and cord.

At 12:02 p.m. a person driving by the house noticed flames coming from the house and called 911. The first firefighters arrived within 3 minutes to find the house full of smoke. Firefighter’s aggressive attack limited the fire to just one bedroom. The fire was under control within 6 minutes and completely extinguished within 30 minutes.

No one was home at the time of the fire. However, a family for four did return to find their home damaged by the heat and smoke. The Red Cross was called to provide temporary shelter for 2 adults and 2 teenagers.

The damage estimate is $50,000 to the structure and $15,000 to the contents. There are no reported injuries.

An engine company will remain on scene and conduct a Firewatch until 4 p.m. to ensure hot spots do not flare up.

2800 block of Harvard Avenue East

A Seattle Fire Investigator determined a basement fire in a home in the 2800 block of Harvard Avenue East was accidental caused by electrical wiring.

At 12:31 p.m. dispatchers at the Fire Alarm Center received a hang up call reporting a fire inside the house. When firefighters arrived, they found a small basement fire at a single story house with basement and partially finished attic space. The firefighters made forcible entry into the basement. The flames traveled from the basement up a pipe-chase and into the wall and attic. The house suffered extensive smoke damage.

It took 15 minutes for firefighter to control the fire. It took 30 minutes to completely extinguish the flames.

The house was not habitable. The Red Cross was called to assist two adult males with temporary housing.

The damage estimate is $$45,000 to the structure and $15,000 to the contents.

West Seattle House Fire Determined to be caused by Electrical Wiring

August 8—Seattle Fire Investigators determined a West Seattle house fire was accidental, caused by electrical wiring.

At 6:43 a.m. firefighters responded to a 4800 block of 25th Av SW for an automatic fire alarm. The first arriving firefighters found smoke coming from the rear of the 1-story home with basement. Firefighters rescued two young adult males from inside the heavy smoke filled home. Both males declined medical treatment.

Firefighters completely extinguished the fire in 10 minutes. The fire was contained to a back bedroom.

Seattle Police Officers were called in to investigate items found in the basement of the home. The investigation is ongoing.

The fire caused $15,000 in damage.